Jerry Lodriguss (Astronomical & Sports Photographer )


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Jerry Lodriguss discovered his love for photography when he was 17 years old when he bought a camera to take pictures through his home-made telescope.
His professional career began in 1974 working part time shooting high school sports for $5.00 per picture at a small suburban weekly newspaper. He then worked as a staff photographer for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, and as Louisiana News Pictures Bureau Manager for United Press International. He has freelanced for Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today.
For more than 20 years he worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer as their staff sports photographer where he was nominated for three Pulitzer prizes. He has covered national and international sporting events including three Olympics, Super Bowls, World Series, and NBA and NCAA basketball championships. Lodriguss' sports photography has won numerous awards including first place prizes for both feature and action as well as photograph of the year in the National Football League Hall of Fame Contest.
He has twice won first place honors for Sports Portfolio in the National Press Photographers Association / University of Missouri Pictures of the Year competition.
His astronomical photography as been featured many times on NASA's Astronomy Photo of the Day, and has been included in exhibits by the National Geographic Society, Space Telescope Science Institute Hubble Heritage Program, Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum, American Museum of Natural History, and Through the Lens: National Geographic's Greatest Photographs.
Lodriguss' astronomical photography of objects such as nebulae and galaxies has appeared in books and magazines all over the world. He is recognized as an expert in the field of DSLR astrophotography and the digital enhancement and correction of deep-sky color astrophotographs. He has lectured and written extensively and has published six books on astronomy and astrophotography.